House Bill 1824, approved by the 86th Texas Legislature, allows SJRA and the Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD) to remove material from the San Jacinto River and its tributaries to restore, maintain, or expand storm flow capacity without the need for state permitting or a royalty payment to the state.  SJRA is coordinating with HCFCD and the City of Houston to develop a project to plan, design, and construct one or more “sand traps” along the West Fork of the San Jacinto River to reduce future sedimentation accumulation with the goal of reducing the risk of flooding.  A major component of the project is coordinating with Aggregate Production Operations (APOs) operating along the river in an attempt to establish a public/private partnership which would provide for operation and maintenance of the proposed sand trap(s).  A conceptual design effort to select the most feasible site(s) for installation of a sand trap has been completed by SJRA and HCFCD, with the next steps anticipated to consist of preliminary and final design (including permitting), and construction.

Sand Trap

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